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What You Need to Know About Heavy Equipment Hauling

What You Need to Know About Heavy Equipment Hauling

When you need to haul heavy equipment, it is no small task. You require knowledgeable operators and specialized equipment. Keeping safety a top priority is critical. Operators must load, secure, transport the load efficiently and comply with local regulations.

Team Pro-Tow specializes in crane lift services, heavy-duty towing, heavy equipment recovery and heavy equipment hauling. You’ve got it covered if you need something heavy lifted, loaded, and moved.

What is Considered “Heavy?”

Heavy equipment is typically something that weighs over 5,000 pounds. For example, it could be an excavator, tractor, or other heavy construction equipment. When loads are heavier than this, like 10,000 pounds or more, the operator must have specific certification and training to do the job. For example, they must know how to distribute the weight properly and safely secure the load for transport. Without the proper know-how, safety can be an issue.

Following Regulations

The load’s weight, size and dimensions will determine which Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations you’ll need to follow for heavy equipment hauling. In addition, oversized equipment or cargo sometimes needs a permit for transportation, depending on the state you’re registered in and traveling through. These are things Team Pro-Tow can help you determine when we perform heavy equipment recovery or hauling.

Double (Triple) Check

When a massive load or a piece of heavy equipment is on a flatbed trailer, we double and triple-check to ensure it is secured properly. We check anchor points, rigging and securing anything that might become loose during transport. It must be loaded and secured and compliant with DOT regulations.

Choose the Best for Heavy Equipment Recovery

If you need something big moved out of an awkward spot or transported to another site, choose Pro-Tow for heavy equipment hauling. We have extensive experience, trained and certified operators, and crane-style wreckers to get the equipment on the trailer. We can handle semi-tractors, loaded trailers, construction equipment, heavy machinery, and more.
If it’s big and heavy, and you need it moved, call Team Pro-Tow!

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Heavy Equipment Towing: Getting Unstuck in Spokane

Heavy Equipment Towing: Getting Unstuck in Spokane

In this incident, on May 5, 2023, a Genie Z-80 boom lift got stuck in the gravel on a residential construction site. According to the manufacturer’s specifications, this heavy-duty equipment weighs about 37,500 pounds! Despite being a 4×4, this magic Genie was stuck deep and needed heavy equipment towing.

This thing wasn’t going to budge without some help. The construction company renting the Genie lift called Team Pro-Tow to help unstuck this stuck piece of heavy equipment. We got to work and performed a successful heavy equipment recovery.

Heavy Equipment Safety

Keeping your heavy equipment stable and on firm ground will help avoid needing heavy equipment towing. However, in this case, the operator likely suspected the gravel was more compact than it was.

All pieces of heavy equipment, including booms, will have a specific chassis angle limit. This limit indicates the slope or elevated surface grade that the machine can safely operate without tipping or sinking. The chassis slop can be impacted by the angle of the surface and other obstacles like raised walkways, ramps, or loose gravel.

Operators should conduct a scene assessment before moving equipment in. The slope grade and any obstacles must be measured and considered during the assessment. Being aware of your surroundings and the machine’s limits can help avoid the need for heavy equipment recovery.

If you rent the equipment, work with the rental staff to review your needs and the site’s conditions. They can help you prevent incidents and reduce downtime by selecting a boom lift that can work within limits presented at your job site.

Pro-Tow to the Rescue

Fortunately, Team Pro-Tow has the proper trucks and equipment to get the heaviest and most-stuck equipment out of a jam. In this case, we were able to free the Genie lift quickly so that the construction company could proceed with their work. Quick recovery services can reduce downtime and help mitigate the cost of calling for heavy equipment towing.

Pro-Tow offers round-the-clock emergency towing services. While many of our recoveries involve semi-trucks and other heavy trucks, equipment recovery is also a service we offer. We once helped lift a military tank to change a flat tire! If you need something heavy lifted and moved, we can help. Learn more about Pro-Tow services.

Be sure to check out our other incident reports on our Recovery Blog!

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.